Sew 2 Shirts Together For a New Look

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
3 Materials
1 Hour

Hello Readers. I was inspired to put 2 different shirts together in big block pieces because one of these shirts is a pajama shirt. What can you do with a flannel pajamas shirt besides wearing them as pajamas? I loved the plaid flannel. It was soft and cozy but it was pajamas, I couldn't wear pajamas out in the world.

Before and after.

The flannel shirt had red piping along the edges. It was clearly a pajama shirt, I couldn't pretend otherwise. But I loved the flannel and the sleeves did not look like pajamas to me. I could do something with the sleeves, right? Sure I could.

This red shirt was on clearance for $1 in the men's section. I am a serious cheapskate but even I can afford a dollar. Use whatever you have access to.

The plaid shirt got cut into 3 pieces. This will make more sense when I put it all back together but this was my first step. 


I also cut the red shirt into 3 pieces the same way.

I wanted to put the middle of the red shirt together with the 2 plaid side pieces. That way the red piping and collar would be replaced by the red shirt. I thought it wouldn't look like pajamas anymore. I would sew the cut pieces together with the right sides facing each other. This will be easy to do because it is just 2 straight seams that needed to be sewn.

I used my serger to sew this but you could also use a sewing machine to do it. The flannel doesn't have any stretch so it would be easy to stitch with a straight stitch (To connect the seam.) and/or a zigzag stitch (To keep the seam neat inside the shirt.). A serger does both these steps at one time but use what you have.

Shoulder close up.

My new shirt is done. I knew how big I had to make the shirt to fit me well. You can measure yourself before cutting the pieces to make sure you make your shirt the size you want. If you aren't sure, use the size of a shirt you already own and like the fit of. The bigger you make the shirt, the looser and baggier the shirt will be. A loose over-sized fit would look great too.


I really liked the plaid sides with the solid red center in this shirt. You can find similar looks in an oversized style at S tone & Willow Co on Instagram.

Depending on the shirts you happen to use, they might not be the same lengths. My red shirt was longer than my plaid shirt so I cut it to the same length. T-shirts do not fray so you don't need to hem it. I knew I would tuck mine in so I didn't bother to give the red shirt a proper hem.

I thought I could put the other shirt pieces together and I was right. The red piping really makes this look like pajamas to me. I can wear this as pajamas. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.


Suggested materials:
  • 2 shirts   (thrifted/your closet)
  • Scissors/Cutter   (On-hand)
  • Sewing machine   (On-hand)

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